At the bar, the bartender approached Julian again. "Listen, there was a beautiful woman in here earlier. She seemed a little out of sorts, kinda like she hated being here. Go figure."

"Was she African-American?" Julian's heart pounded with new hope.

"Why, yes, as a matter of fact, she was."

"Where did she go?"

"She turned around and left, although she did jingle a set of keys."

Julian paid for his drink and left.


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